During the discussion at the last QSHA Annual General Meeting, the topic of chaplaincy was brought up. Age Smies had apparently also discussed this at the Humanist Canada meeting.
It is understood that people who are seriously ill or dying in hospital have access to priests, pastors or imams if they are religious, but what if they are not? Who is there to comfort them and hold their hand if there are no relatives or they live too far away? We could possibly provide a secular “chaplain” to fill this role.
We will need to contact the hospital auxilliary to find out what is required in a “Chaplain”. If some of our members are also officiants for deaths, births and marriages, could they not also be chaplains? Perhaps at least a one day training session with a certificate to indicate passing the course, would be a good plan. Some counselling skills would be required. Helping someone come to terms with death without the possibility of an afterlife could be one of the services provided, but just being a friend and someone to talk to might be all that is necessary.